The post production of Channel 4’s historical drama The Mill was completed using a cloud video production platform from Aframe. The Mill tells the stories of 19th-century apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire. It was shot with ARRI’s Alexa digital camera system in 2K, and the edit was made using Avid Symphony, with the daily edits being uploaded into Aframe’s cloud platform.
Aframe is device and location agnostic, which meant that even though the scenes were filmed in Cheshire, The Mill’s director of photography, the Darlow Smith production team and Channel 4 executives could review, log, annotate and download what was being filmed as it was uploaded.
“The ease of using the cloud for this production was such an added bonus for us,” said Eben Clancy, director of post production at Timeline North. “It allowed all our teams to collaborate and choose workflows that worked for them, from any location on any device. The flexibility this gives you when dealing with a large range of collaborators is invaluable.”
“We chose to use Aframe again because we have always found the platform to be secure, easy to manage with full-resolution capabilities that we have not been able to find elsewhere. Aframe allows you to organise media without actually editing it,” Clancy continued. “Our whole team can access the full-resolution media wherever and whenever they need it, while still being able to generate viewing proxies for easy review by others.”